Both Belgian ministers Jambon and Geens attend EU Council meeting as their resignations were not accepted

EPA / OLIVIER HOSLET

Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon (L) and Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens (R) attend a special EU Council meeting on security, in Brussels, Belgium, 24 March 2016. Their main topic was expected to be the Brussels terrorist attacks in which at least 31 people were killed and hundreds injured on 22 March 2016 and for which the so-called 'Islamic State' (IS) has claimed responsibility.

As Jambon and Geens resignation was not accepted, both ministers appeared at extraordinary meeting of interior ministers at the European Council.


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Interior Minister Jan Jambon and Justice Minister Koen Geens, responsible for security, the police and the courts, offered their resignations as Belgium appears to have ignored Turkey’s last year warnings on one of the suspects.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel refused to accept both ministers resignations and both remain in government. On Thursday’s extraordinary European Council over justice and security, where EU interior ministers are meeting, both Jambon and Geens are seated in the table, as the plan that was handed out shows.

However, none of the ministers spoke in front of the journalists while entering in Justus Lipsius building in Brussels.

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